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Camille Elhassani is the Senior Pentagon and State Department Producer of Al Jazeera. She can be contacted at

In much anticipated testimony to illustrate his treatment while in custody at Marine Corps Base Quantico, US Army Private First Class Bradley Manning took the stand in a military courtroom in Maryland.

Manning provided details of his confinement from the time he was taken into custody in Iraq in May 2010 to his arraignment in December 2011 on charges he was the source of the leaks of hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

Clearly the low point for Manning was when he was being held in Kuwait in the summer of 2010.

He was held in a wire mesh cell keeping a nighttime schedule and sleeping during the day. He said he was confused about what was happening to him. Manning said, “I thought I was going…

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